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Would like some info about using a, “stylus”

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    Would like some info about using a, “stylus”


    Hi, I’m physically disabled & I CANNOT use my hands nor a mouse. I wear a head stick/pointer with an eraser at the tip of the head stick/pointer. Currently, I have a 6-year old Dell laptop which as an Add-On Magic Touch Screen enabling me to touch anywhere on the screen vs. using a mouse. If I were to buy a 15.6” Touch Screen Laptop, an eraser would not work because the screen requires only allows a human touch; as I understand. However, I’m told (through chatting online with Dell) that I can attach a stylus onto my head stick/pointer which then will enable me to use touch screen. I cannot use/transfer the Add-On Magic Touch Screen onto a new laptop because I want a bigger size laptop/screen & unfortunately it’s not in my budget to buy a new laptop & a new Add-On Magic Touch Screen.

    Here’s my question, if I were to use/attach a stylus to my head stick/pointer I would also be using the stylus to type/peck at the keys with. (I’m on my computer anywhere from 8 to 10 hours 7-days a week literally). How durable would a stylus withstand with hitting the keys for the length of time I spend on my computer/laptop?

    Thanks in advance

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    Posts : 1,720
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    @djclinton: I don't know if you've seen this but check it out. The YouTube testimonial video is inspiring but the manufactures website seems a little sketchy. All the best to you!

    Stylus-R-Us Review-A Solution for People with Physical Challenges - YouTube

    BEST STYLUS FOR iPAD - iPHONE - XOOM - ANDROID & 95% OF ALL OTHER TOUCH SCREEN DEVICES - STYLUS-R-US - HOME PAGE 1
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    Posts : 43
    W7 , W8 Pro x4


    I don't know if you have seen this .
    Before my brother passed from ALS . I set him up with Smart-Nav Home :: SmartNav :: Hands-Free Ergonomic Mouse :: Cursor Control :: Assistive Technology :: NaturalPoint . He used it for 2 years .
    His insurance picked up all but the $15 co-pay .
    It works with no screen contact . It uses a reflective dot on a headband , glasses , or headset . He had virtually no control of any motion and this still worked very well .
    All my best.... J
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    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    There are some Voice solutions too, even MS Speech is a bit friendlier now. I have a sight-impaired friend, she uses some kid of speech software, and you would not know she is impaired. I'll have to look up.. It's called "Jaws" - Maybe you can get that, it may free you up from having to use your stylus so much?

    I have a computer set up for Finances, I have Speech set up for that, my daily routine is "Start Listening" - "Quicken" - "One Step Update" (then I enter my password) - "Enter, Enter, Close Window" and then I have a macro called "Ribbons" that starts my screen saver until the next day. I bought a Core Duo for an old eMachines eTower to make that work, and now that it is trained it hardly ever messes up.
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    Hi dj, you might want to check youtube for "active stylus". You can get a passive stylus with extra tips off evilbay real cheap. The active stylus starts around $30 and goes up. Dell has a new one that looks pretty good, as far as tip wear I can't say as I have no hands on experience with one yet.

    The touch screen w8.1 lap top, combined with a speech program should work out really will for your circumstances. I just picked up a Lenovo Flex 15 and it came with a light version of Dragon, plus you have the Windows speech program. Good luck with want ever decision you make.
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    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    If you buy from e-Slay, be very careful. Sometimes it is a 50/50 chance. I've been lucky so far, but I lost about 50 bucks in shipping charges last summer.
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Would like some info about using a, “stylus”
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